What Is The Difference Between Unipolar and Bipolar depression?

Unipolar depression and bipolar depression are both categorized as mood disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5.  Mood disorders are characterized by distorted fluctuations in emotion and mood that interfere with normal, daily functioning.   An individual that possesses a mood disorder has difficulty regulating and staying in control of their […]

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Is There a Bipolar Test That Can Diagnose Me?

The short answer is: Not really. However, let’s take a few steps back and talk about Bipolar in general. The term bipolar is one of those commonly used as a descriptive term. When someone says, “I’m feeling depressed,” it could mean they legitimately have clinical depression or it could me they are feeling down or […]

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Train your Brain: Neuroscience and Depression

Imagine if you could have control over the workings of your mind.  Innovative findings in neuroscience tell us that we can actually train our brains in ways that will have a positive impact more than we think. Neuroscience provides evidence that our brains continue to develop and change throughout our lives. The concept of neuroplasticity […]

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How to Survive Each Day When You Have Crippling Depression

Crippling depression is like being caught in the middle of the ocean.  You are tired, alone, and have been swimming for minutes, which feel like hours.  You aren’t quite sure how you got there and find yourself unsuccessfully swimming against the current, desperately trying to stay above choppy waters.  As the waves relentlessly crash down […]


The Ultimate Depression Quotes You Need to See

Depression and sadness are different mindsets. As J. K. Rowling put it, “It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling—that really hollowed-out feeling.” Depression is a problem that feeds on […]

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I Don’t Want to do Anything: Lacking Motivation & What to do

You know the experience of wondering what you’ll do now that you don’t want to do anything. You also know the internal or external pressure to feel motivated or to at least act as if you’re motivated. But. You’re. NOT. Let’s skip the lousy vocabulary on your mind, and all the blame you’re heaping on […]


No Motivation & Depression: Is There a Link?

Medical and psychological materials note that there’s often a clear link between depression and a loss of motivation. If you’re in the “no motivation” mood, the thoughts below might clear up the problem. Losing a loved one or a relationship, or moving to a new place can be stressful to the point that you feel […]

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Depression doesn’t have to be the End of the Story

Endorphins are the happiness chemicals. We produce them with physical activity and by focusing on happy thoughts. Low levels of endorphins leave us feeling worn out, easily stressed, sensing real or imagined pain, and depressed. Serotonin is a natural anti-depressant responsible for willpower and delayed gratification. Low levels of it can cause a person to […]

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Is it Grief or Depression?

Grief is the reaction to a loss. It subsides over time. We might never feel complete relief for that loss, but being wistful for someone or something is not the same as being depressed. Grief is limited to one or more bothersome losses. Depression is persistent and far-reaching, not necessarily related to loss. It is […]

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The Deceptive Signal of Happiness: Smiling Depression

Sometimes normal people smile though they feel unhappy, maybe miserable. The smile is forced, to deceive other people into believing that the sufferer is feeling fine. That way, outsiders won’t interfere with the sufferer’s efforts to deal with the problem that leaves them feeling hopeless, helpless, and maybe confused. Or, the smile deceives onlookers so […]